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Artistic Director’s Welcome

WELCOME TO LIFE OF PI

We are delighted that this Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Yann Martel’s 2001 novel is making its North American debut at the A.R.T. This production brings Pi’s journey to thrilling new life on stage with breathtaking design and awe-inspiring puppetry.

Whether you’re new to this story or a longtime fan (Martel’s novel was also adapted into a film by Ang Lee in 2012), Pi’s tale asks us to reflect deeply on the nature of storytelling. In keeping with the A.R.T.’s core value of Inquiry, our Education & Engagement teams develop programs around each show in conversation with an essential question. For Life of Pi, we ask “How does storytelling help us cope and survive?” We invite you to consider this question as you watch the show, and to read on in this program for additional opportunities to engage with the production.

It has been an immense pleasure to welcome Life of Pi’s creative team to the A.R.T., and to assemble this new company in Boston, where they have been immersed in the creative process of bringing this show to new life at the Loeb Drama Center. I’m thrilled to write that Adaptor Lolita Chakrabarti and Director Max Webster are making their A.R.T. debuts along with Scenic & Costume Designer Tim Hatley, Puppetry & Movement Director/Puppet Designer Finn Caldwell, and Puppet Designer Nick Barnes. Don’t miss the latest edition of the A.R.T. Guide for reflections from this fabulous creative team.

It’s truly a joy to share this powerful tale. Thank you for joining us on this theatrical adventure, and happy holidays!

Diane Paulus
Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director

American Repertory Theater
presents

Life of Pi

Creative Team

Based on the novel by

Yann Martel

Based on the novel by

Yann Martel

A.R.T.: Debut. Yann Martel is a Canadian writer. He is the author of a collection of short stories and four novels, most notably Life of Pi, for which he won the 2002 Man Booker Prize. Writing credits include: The Facts Behind the Helsinki RoccamatiosSelfLife of PiBeatrice and VirgilThe High Mountains of Portugal and the non-fiction collection 101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper. Martel is presently at work on Son of Nobody, a novel about the Trojan War. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

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Adapted by

Lolita Chakrabarti

Adapted by

Lolita Chakrabarti

A.R.T.: Debut. Lolita Chakrabarti OBE is an actress and an award-winning playwright. Her debut play Red Velvet opened at the Tricycle Theatre, London, before transferring to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York and then to London’s West End as part of Sir Kenneth Branagh’s inaugural season at The Garrick Theatre. It earned her the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright 2012; The Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright 2013; AWA for Arts and Culture 2013 and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2012, as well as many other nominations.

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Directed by

Max Webster

Directed by

Max Webster

A.R.T.: Debut. Max is an Associate Director at The Donmar Warehouse. As Director, credits include: Henry V, Donmar Warehouse; AntigoneAs You Like It, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Old Vic Theatre/San Diego Old Globe/Minneapolis Children’s Theatre; The Jungle Book, Fiery Angel; Fanny and Alexander, Cover My Tracks, Old Vic Theatre; The Twits, Curve Theatre Leicester; The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh; The Sea of FertilityMary Stuart, Parco Productions Tokyo; Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s Globe; Shostakovich’s Hamlet, City of London Sinfonia; Twelfth Night, Regent’s Park Open Air; Orlando, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Young and Foolish Heart, Royal Exchange Manchester; James and the Giant Peach, My Generation, Leeds Playhouse; Carnival Under the Rainbow, Feast Kakulu, Hilton Festival, South Africa; Caucasian Chalk Circle, Aarohan Theatre, Kathmandu. Opera credits include La Bohème, Göteborgsoperan, Sweden; The Merry Widow, English National Opera.

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Scenic and Costume Design

Tim Hatley

Scenic and Costume Design

Tim Hatley

A.R.T.: Debut. Double nominations at the 2012 Olivier Awards: Best Set Design for Back to the Future and Life of Pi (Winner). Tim has designed extensively for The National Theatre, West End and Broadway, and is the winner of two Tony Awards, three Olivier Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards, including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Set Design for Life of Pi. Recent theatre credits include: Life of Pi, West End; Back to the Future, West End, UK Tour; Dreamgirls, West End, UK Tour; Travesties, Menier, West End,  Broadway; Ghosts, Almeida Theatre, West End, BAM; Little Eyolf, Almeida Theatre; Temple, Donmar Warehouse; Enemy of the People, Pyjama Game, Chichester Festival Theatre; The Slaves of Solitude, Drawing The Line, Hampstead Theatre; Mr. Foote’s Other Leg, Hampstead Theatre, West End; The Bodyguard, West End, International Tours; Shrek, West End, Broadway, UK Tour, US Tour; Spamalot, West End, Broadway, US Tour, Las Vegas; Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Théâtre du Châtelet; Carmen, Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet. Film (Production Design): Closer, Notes on a Scandal, Stage Beauty.

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Puppetry and Movement Direction

Finn Caldwell

Puppetry and Movement Direction

Finn Caldwell

A.R.T.: Debut. Finn is a director, designer and performer; he is co-artistic director of Gyre & Gimble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry. For Gyre & Gimble, as Co-Director/Puppet Designer, credits include: The Four Seasons: A Reimagining, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; The Hartlepool Monkey, UKTour, The Elephantom, National Theatre/West End). As Puppet Co-Designer/Director, credits include: The Wicker Husband, Watermill Theatre; The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic/West End; Running Wild, Chichester Festival Theatre/Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/UK Tour. As Director of Puppetry and Movement, credits include: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Puppetry Director), National Theatre/West End; Angels in America, National Theatre/Broadway; The Light Princess, National Theatre; War Horse, National Theatre/West End/International Tour; Groundhog Day (Additional Movement), Old Vic, Broadway; Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: In Camera, Old Vic; The Bear (Puppetry Director), Pins & Needles; The Tempest, Birmingham Royal Ballet; Alice’s Adventures Underground, Adventures in Wonderland, Les Enfants Terribles; Ariodante, Festival Aix; Dream Space, Shakespeare’s Globe; Rubies in the Attic, Riverside Studios; Shrek: The Musical, West End; Climate, Guildhall Theatre, Tom Thumb, Edinburgh Festival/Tour. As Director, credits include: Ex Machina, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia; The First Hippo on the Moon, (Co-Director/Designer), Les Petits Theatre Company, Lardo, Old Red Lion.

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Puppet Design

Nick Barnes

Finn Caldwell

Puppet Design

Nick Barnes

A.R.T.: Debut. As Puppetry Designer for Blind Summit: Madame Butterfly, English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera; A Dog’s Heart, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera; Shunkin, Master & Margarita, Complicite; El Gato Con Botas, Tectonic Theatre; On Emotion, Soho Theatre; Faeries, Royal Opera House; His Dark Materials, Birmingam Rep, Leeds Playhouse. As Nick Barnes Puppets: Doctor Dolittle, Music & lyrics Productions; The Lorax, Old Vic; Ariodante, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence/Dutch National Opera; Angels in America (Angel’s wings), National Theatre, Broadway; Running Wild (Associate Designer), Chichester Festival Theatre, Regents Park; David Williams’ The First Hippo on the Moon, Les Enfants Terribles, UK Tour; Mr Poppers Penguins, Kenny Wax Ltd, West End, Broadway; The Little Beasts, The Other Palace; The Jungle Book, Royal & Derngate; Beauty and the Beast, The Butterfly Lion, Chichester Festival Theatre; The Little Prince, Fuel. He has also designed large-scale Firebird and Gnomus puppets for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and in 2012 he co-directed the puppetry in Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the London Olympic Games. Education/Training: Hull University (Drama), Slade School of Fine Art (Theatre Design). nickbarnesdesign.co.uk.

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Puppet Design

Finn Caldwell

A.R.T.: Debut. Finn is a director, designer and performer; he is co-artistic director of Gyre & Gimble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry. For Gyre & Gimble, as Co-Director/Puppet Designer, credits include: The Four Seasons: A Reimagining, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; The Hartlepool Monkey, UKTour, The Elephantom, National Theatre/West End). As Puppet Co-Designer/Director, credits include: The Wicker Husband, Watermill Theatre; The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic/West End; Running Wild, Chichester Festival Theatre/Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/UK Tour. As Director of Puppetry and Movement, credits include: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Puppetry Director), National Theatre/West End; Angels in America, National Theatre/Broadway; The Light Princess, National Theatre; War Horse, National Theatre/West End/International Tour; Groundhog Day (Additional Movement), Old Vic, Broadway; Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: In Camera, Old Vic; The Bear (Puppetry Director), Pins & Needles; The Tempest, Birmingham Royal Ballet; Alice’s Adventures Underground, Adventures in Wonderland, Les Enfants Terribles; Ariodante, Festival Aix; Dream Space, Shakespeare’s Globe; Rubies in the Attic, Riverside Studios; Shrek: The Musical, West End; Climate, Guildhall Theatre, Tom Thumb, Edinburgh Festival/Tour. As Director, credits include: Ex Machina, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia; The First Hippo on the Moon, (Co-Director/Designer), Les Petits Theatre Company, Lardo, Old Red Lion.

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Video Design

Andrzej Goulding

Video Design

Andrzej Goulding

A.R.T.: Debut. Andrzej trained at Central Saint Martins in London and is a video and set designer for live performance. Video Designs include: Life of PiThe UnfriendThe Drifter’s Girl&JulietMessage In A Bottle, West End; Groundhog Day, Sylvia, Eureka Day, Old Vic; Henry V, Coriolanus, Donmar Warehouse & NT Live; &JulietGroundhog Day, Broadway; The Da Vinci Code, UK Tour; Burn, Edinburgh International Festival & Joyce Theatre; Room, Stratford East & Princess of Wales Theatre; People, Places and Things, West End & St Ann’s Warehouse. Andrzej has won an Olivier Award, UK Theatre Award, Broadway World Award and was also nominated for a Knights Of Illumination award for his Life Of Pi video design.

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Lighting Design

Tim Lutkin

Lighting Design

Tim Lutkin

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Back To The Future, Fiddler On The Roof, Chimerica, Elf, Big, Noises Off, Quiz, Impossible, The Girls, The Go-Between, Close To You, Strangers On A Train, Full Monty, Four Quartets, Impossible, West End; The Crucible, Jack Absolute Flies Again, Under Milk Wood, Anthony & Cleopatra, Salome, Les Blancs, National Theatre; Timon of Athens, The Rover, Candide, All’s Well That Ends Well, Royal Shakespeare Company; A Number, Lungs, The Crucible, Present Laughter, Old Vic. Tim has won two Laurence Olivier Awards.

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Sound Design

Carolyn Downing

Sound Design

Carolyn Downing

A.R.T.: Debut. Carolyn Downing is an award-winning sound designer working in theater and across a variety of media, both in the UK and internationally. Theater: The Welkin, Downstate (also at Steppenwolf), Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical!, As You Like It, Our Country’s Good, The Motherf*cker with the Hat, Dara, Protest Song, Double Feature, National Theatre; All My Sons, Old Vic; Death Of A Salesman, Young Vic, West End; Summer & Smoke (Olivier Nomination 2019),Chimerica (Olivier Award Best Sound Design 2014), Almeida, West End; Carmen Disruption, Blood Wedding, Almeida; Gypsy, Mother Courage, The Producers, Royal Exchange; The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, King John, RSC; White Teeth, Kiln; Me And My Girl, Copenhagen, Fiddler on the Roof, Chichester; A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville, UK Tour; BLANK, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (also on Broadway), Fathers and Sons, Dimetos, Absurdia, Donmar; The Believers, Beautiful Burnout, Love Song, Frantic Assembly; Hope, The Pass, The Low Road, Choir Boy, Royal Court; All My Sons, Schoenfeld (New York).

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Original Music

Andrew T. Mackay

Original Music

Andrew T. Mackay

A.R.T.: Debut. Andrew is an award-winning classically trained composer & producer and the co-founder with Garry Hughes of the electronica/world music act Bombay Dub Orchestra. Andrew studied piano, clarinet, and composition at the London College of Music under Dr Lloyd Webber and John McCabe. His music often fuses orchestral with folk and traditional elements of music from the project’s region and has scored many films in India including the National award-winning Hamid by Aijaz Khan. Andrew’s company Bohemia Junction Ltd exclusively represents Abbey Road Studios for India as well as the FAMES’ Skopje Studio Orchestra and has provided music services on dozens of films over the last nine years. He is the Director of India’s first ever Composers Lab, which started in 2013 as part of Mumbai Film Festival in association with Abbey Road, PRS for Music UK and supported by BMI. The Olivier Award-nominated music soundtrack to Life of Pi was Andrew’s first foray into scoring for theater, which was followed by Henry V with Kit Harington (Donmar) in 2022 and Butter Arms, a short film for Royal Ballet/Royal Opera House. The soundtrack album to Life of Pi was released in August 2022 on the Bohemia Junction Recording Co. label.

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Dramaturg

Jack Bradley

Casting by

Stewart/Whitley

Casting by

Stewart/Whitley

Duncan Stewart CSA/Benton Whitley CSA. A.R.T.: WILDMoby-Dick,The Black Clown, Great Comet of 1812, The TempestPippin. Broadway/NY: Hadestown (Artios Award), Chicago the Musical, Paradise Square, Rock of Ages, Lightning Thief,Great Comet of 1812, Elf, On the Town, Pippin, La Cage aux Folles, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. TV/Film: Netflix, 20th Century Fox, NBC, Lionsgate, Disney Channel. West End/U.K.: Hadestown, Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate FactoryTours: Hadestown, Hairspray, Waitress, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, We Will Rock You. Regional: Berkeley Rep, Alley, Bay Street, For The Record, TUTS, Hollywood Bowl, McCarter, Signature, RCCL. Follow: @stewartwhitley and stewartwhitley.com.

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Associate Director

Ashley Brooke Monroe

Associate Director

Ashley Brooke Monroe

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Indecent, Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie (featuring Sally Field). Broadway National Tour: Hamilton (resident director, Angelica tour), Fun Home. Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar, CSC; Death Cruise, Access Theater; Tommy’s Girls, Primary Stages; The Goree All-Girl String Band, Theater Row. Regional: All of Me, Barrington Stage Company; Fun Home, Cape Rep; Indecent, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Theater Group. Education: BFA, Dramaturgy, The University of Oklahoma.

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Associate Puppetry and Movement Director

Scarlet Wilderink

Scarlet Wilderink

Associate Puppetry and Movement Director

Scarlet Wilderink

(she/her/hers) A.R.T: Debut. West End: War Horse, New London Theatre; Life of Pi, Wyndham’s Theatre (Oliver Award for Best Supporting Actor); Pinocchio, National Theatre. Off-West End: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Southwark Playhouse; Putting It Together, The Other Palace. Regional: The Wicker Husband, Watermill Theatre; Treasure Island, Stephen Joseph Theatre; Watership Down, Watermill Theatre. UK Tour: The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Running Wild. International: Cabaret, MAC Theatre. Education: Guildford School of Acting.

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Production Stage Manager

Sharika Niles

Production Stage Manager

Sharika Niles

A.R.T.: The White Card, Finding NeverlandThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Broadway: Tina – The Turner Musical, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Color Purple (Revival), Finding Neverland, Motown, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway: The Tempest, Richard III, Well, Take Me Out, A Winter’s Tale, Suburbia.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Produced by arrangement with Simon Friend, Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, Mark Gordon Pictures, Playing Field, and Sheffield Theatres.
Additional Production Support is provided by Ann and Graham Gund, Janet and Irv Plotkin, and Sid Yog.
This production is supported, in part, by the Robert Brustein Endowment Fund for New Works.
Media Support of Life of Pi is provided by WBUR.
A.R.T. Season support is provided by Harvard University, The Barr Foundation, The Bob and Alison Murchison New Work Development Fund, The Shubert Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Bank of America, Barton & Guestier, Meyer Sound, and JetBlue.
Runtime: Two hours and fifteen minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
This production includes strobe lighting, flashing lights, haze, and fog, and features depictions of perilous moments, including stylized violence.

Company

Cast (in Alphabetical Order)

Brian Thomas Abraham

Cook/Voice of Richard Parker

Brian Thomas Abraham

Brian Thomas Abraham

Cook/Voice of Richard Parker

Brian Thomas Abraham

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 (original company, Hagrid). Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Group, Milwaukee Rep, Laguna Playhouse, San Diego Rep. TV: “Super Pumped,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Shield,” “Drake and Josh,” “Victorious,” “As The World Turns” (recurring). Film: The Cut Up (by Yussef El Guindi), The HousewifeDefensive Justice. VR180: The Fortune Teller (Director, multiple Virtual Reality Film Festival selections; streams 2023). Training: University of North Carolina School of The Arts. BrianThomasAbraham.com

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Rajesh Bose

Father

Rajesh Bose

Rajesh Bose

Father

Rajesh Bose

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Pygmalion, The Crucible, Persuasion, Bedlam; Henry VI, NAATCO; Indian Ink, Roundabout; Against the Hillside, EST. Regional: This Much I Know, Aurora; Oslo, St. Louis Rep; Mary Stuart, Folger; Guards at the Taj, Capital Stage; Invisible Hand, Westport Country Playhouse, TheaterWorks Hartford; The Who & The What, Gulfshore Playhouse,  TheaterWorks Hartford; Disgraced, Playmakers Rep, The Huntington, Long Wharf Theatre (Connecticut Critics Circle Award, IRNE Nomination). TV/Film: “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” “Bull,” “Quantico,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Damages,” Frozen River. Education: Emerson College.

 

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Nikki Calonge

Puppeteer

Nikki Calonge

Nikki Calonge

Puppeteer

Nikki Calonge

(she/her/hers/siya) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Psychic Self Defense, HERE; Esperpento, Sundance Institute; She Counts Her Dresses, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar’s Incoming! Series; Electric Lucifer, The Kitchen; Daily Life Everlasting, Eterniday, LaMama; A Play on War, Connelly Theater. Awards: Tom Murrin Award. Education: Drama B.F.A., NYU/Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing and Playwrights Horizons Theater School; Dance/Movement Therapy M.S. Pratt Institute student.

 

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Mahnaz Damania

Ensemble

Mahnaz Damania

Mahnaz Damania

Ensemble

Mahnaz Damania

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater (India): Shikhandi – The Story of the Inbetweens (Shikhandi; Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (2018) 2018: nomination, Best Actor – Female; Winner – Best Ensemble), NCPA;: 07/07/07 (Reyhaneh Jabbari; Winner – Best Ensemble at META 2016), Prithvi; Naqqaash (Village Women Ensemble); Sundays With Chitra and Chaitali (Chitra), Three Women (Charulata), NCPA; Crumpled (Multiple Characters). TV: “New Amsterdam” (Dr. Narin Sadik), “Inside Edge.” Film: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Specials.

 

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Fred Davis

Puppeteer

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Puppeteer

Fred Davis

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Life of Pi (Olivier Award, Best Supporting Actor), Wyndham’s Theatre; Ocean at the End of the Lane, National Theatre; Dido and Aeneas, Bodø Concert Hall, Norway; Life of Pi, The Sheffield Crucible Theatre; Peter Pan, Running Wild, Regents Park Open Air Theatre; The Hartlepool Monkey,Running Wild, UK Tour. Film/TV: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared;” Jurassic World: Dominion; “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.” Training: Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Adi Dixit
Adi Dixit

Pi

Adi Dixit

A.R.T.: Debut. TV: “Young Sheldon.” Film: Sweethearts. Education/Training: Acting BFA, University of Southern California.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Avery Glymph

Father Martin/Russian Sailor/Admiral Jackson

Avery Glymph

Avery Glymph

Father Martin/Russian Sailor/Admiral Jackson

Avery Glymph

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: The Skin of Our Teeth, The Tempest. Off-Broadway: Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, and Lincoln Center Theatre, among others. Regional: Nine Night, Round House Theatre; and leading roles with Pittsburgh City Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, Northern Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, St. Louis Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, The Old Globe (West Coast premiere of The Whipping Man; San Diego Critics Circle Award and NAACP Theatre Award nominations), PlayMakers Rep, Crossroads Theatre (Regional Tony season), and others. Film/TV: Out and About, “Search Party,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” He Got Game, “Madam Secretary,” “Law & Order” (original and C.I.), and many more. Education: BFA,  The University of North Carolina School of the Arts; MFA, The Academy at STC and the George Washington University. Instagram: @averygoodactor.AveryGlymph.com

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Mahira Kakkar

Nurse/Amma/Orange Juice

Mahira Kakkar

Mahira Kakkar

Nurse/Amma/Orange Juice

Mahira Kakkar

A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: 7 Minutes, Waterwell; Here We Are, Theater for One; Opus, Primary Stages; Harper Regan, Atlantic; Romeo and Juliet, Public Theater; The Winter’s Tale, TFANA; When January Feels Like Summer, EST; Henry VI, NAATCO; Arturo Ui, Classic Stage Company; Ms. Witherspoon, Playwrights Horizons; Clive, The New Group. Regional: Skylight, McCarter Theatre; Rafta Rafta, Old Globe; Our Town, OSF; Monsoon Wedding, Berkeley Rep; Bedroom Farce, Huntington Theater Company; Inana, Denver Center; The Crucible, Cleveland Playhouse; Five Mile Lake, McCarter Theatre Center; Comedy of Errors, Hartford Stage. Film/TV: “A Suitable Boy” (series lead), “Manifest” (recurring), “New Amsterdam,” “Blue Bloods,” “Black List,” “Louie,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Sweet Refuge,” “Bite Me,” Hank and Asha (Napa Valley Film Festival Best Actress, Wild Rose Festival Best Actress, Slamdance Audience winner ), “Law & Order,” “Orange Is the New Black.” Training: Juilliard, SITI, Harold Guskin; BA, Jadavpur University. mahirakakkar.com

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Kirstin Louie

Lulu Chen

Kirstin Louie

Kirstin Louie

Lulu Chen

Kirstin Louie

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: The Great Wave (Hana u/s), Berkeley Rep. TV: “Endeavour” (Christina). Education: MFA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; Jazz Vocal Studies, University of Southern California. Equity UK member.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Rowan Magee

Puppeteer

Rowan Magee

Rowan Magee

Puppeteer

Rowan Magee

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Angels in America (Tony Award for Best Revival), Neil Simon Theater. Off-Broadway: Hagoromo, 69ºS, Memory Rings, BAM Harvey. International tours: The Pigeoning; Chimpanzee; Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, 69ºS. Film: Clifford the Big Red Dog (reference/VFX puppeteer). Curator: Object Movement Puppetry Festival and Residency (2017-2022), Center at West Park. Education: BFA, Sarah Lawrence College.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Jonathan David Martin
Jonathan David Martin

Puppeteer

Jonathan David Martin

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: War Horse (original Broadway cast). Off-Broadway: Olityelwe (Ndebele Funeral), 59E59 Theaters. Regional: The Heiress and Junk, Arena Stage; Describe the Night, Woolly Mammoth; Silent Sky, Ford’s Theatre; Trouble in Mind, Two River Theater; The Chosen, Portland Center Stage; The Occupant, Theater J. Virtual Reality: Finding Pandora X (Best Immersive Experience, Venice International Film Festival; Audience Award-SXSW); TV: “Believe,” “Unforgettable.” Awards: Annenberg Fellow for the Arts. Education: MFA, NYU.

 

 

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Usman Ali Ishaq

Ensemble

Usman Ali Mughal

Usman Ali Ishaq

Ensemble

Usman Ali Mughal

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Come Fall in Love, The Old Globe; RENT, Signature Theatre; Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, CRT; The Rev Concert, The Rev; The Island of Dr. Moreau,, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Synetic Theater. Readings: Come Fall in Love, We Are Ameena, In the Light. Film/TV: “WeCrashed,” Wonder Woman 1984, Kringle Time, Heather Has Four Moms. Education: BFA, Musical Theater from Ithaca College. @usman.ali.mughal

 

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Uma Paranjpe

Ensemble

Uma Paranjpe

Uma Paranjpe

Ensemble

Uma Paranjpe

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: tango of a crumbling wall, Teatro LATEA. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare; Twelfth Night, CMS; Radial Gradient, Kennedy Center; Ramaavan, Surati Performing Arts. Workshops: The Gap; The Game of Love. Film/TV: “Orange Is the New Black.” Education: BFA, Musical Theater, University of Miami.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Betsy Rosen

Puppeteer

Betsy Rosen

Betsy Rosen

Puppeteer

Betsy Rosen

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Australia: Laser Beak Man, Sydney Opera House. Regional: Argus, Lincoln Center; Long Christmas Ride Home, Astro Boy and the God of Comics, Studio Theatre; Pride and Prejudice, Round House ; A Christmas Carol, Cincinnati Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Company; The Velvet Sky, Woolly Mammoth; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Aslan; Helen Hayes Award), Imagination Stage. TV: “The Smack-Dab in the Middle ofthe Day Show.” Education: Theater and Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Celia Mei Rubin

Puppeteer

Celia Mei Rubin

Celia Mei Rubin

Puppeteer

Celia Mei Rubin

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: A Christmas Carol, Lyceum Theatre; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Chita Rivera Award for Best Ensemble), Imperial Theatre; Matilda the Musical, Shubert Theatre. West End: Parade, Donmar Warehouse; Candide, London Coliseum. Regional: Eureka Day, Asolo Repertory Theatre; A Chorus Line, TUTS Houston. Awards Shows Performances: Tony Awards; Olivier Awards.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Salma Shaw

Mrs. Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan

Salma Shaw

Salma Shaw

Mrs. Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan

Salma Shaw

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Bars and Measures (AUDELCO nominee); Acquittal. Off-West End: Rain and Zoe Save the World. Regional: Othello, Synetic/Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes Award); Barrio Grrrl!, Kennedy Center; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Round House; Romeo and Juliet, Synetic (Helen Hayes Award). Workshops: Monsoon Wedding; Bak Chang. TV/Film: Silent Partner (Producer, 18 festivals, 8 Awards/Nominations, Oscar-qualified); “That Damn Michael Che” (Recurring), “People You Know” (Series Regular), “FBI,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order SVU,” “For Life.” Education: BS, Stanford; SM, MIT; MBA, Harvard Business School. Instagram: @salma.shaw; salmashaw.com

Actors’ Equity Association member

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David Shih

Ensemble

David Shih

David Shih

Ensemble

David Shih

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Once Upon A (korean) Time, Ma-Yi Theater; Gnit, TFANA; KPOP, Ars Nova; Henry VI, NAATCO; Awake and Sing!, The Public/NAATCO; Somebody’s Daughter, Second Stage; Crane Story, Playwrights Realm. Regional: Kim’s Convenience, Westport Country Playhouse; The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, Indiana Rep; The Great Wave, Berkeley Rep; Tiger Style!, La Jolla Playhouse. TV/Film: “Billions,” “Hunters,” “City on a Hill,” “Iron Fist,” “The Path,” “Blindspot,” The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Eighth Grade, Saving Face.

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Sathya Sridharan

Mamaji/Pandit-ji

Sathya Sridharan

Sathya Sridharan

Mamaji/Pandit-ji

Sathya Sridharan

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Wives, Playwrights Horizons; An Ordinary Muslim, NYTW; India Pale Ale, MTC; The Winter’s Tale, The Public Theater; Two Mile Hollow, WP; Ultimate Beauty Bible, Page73. Regional: Our Town, Portland Center Stage; Hapgood, Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Philadelphia Story, Chautauqua Theater Company. TV/Film: “Little America,” “Succession,” “Kaleidoscope,” “Blindspot,” “Elementary,” “Prodigal Son,” “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” The Whale, Minor Premise, Bikini Moon, Dastaar. Awards: Princess Grace Award (Grace Le Vine Theater Award). Education: MFA, NYU.

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Daisuke Tsuji

Mr. Okamoto/Captain

Daisuke Tsuji

Daisuke Tsuji

Mr. Okamoto/Captain

Daisuke Tsuji

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Cambodian Rock Band(Duch), South Coast Rep, OSF, La Jolla Playhouse; Snow in Midsummer (Handsome), OSF; With Love and a Major Organ, Boston Court Pasadena; Imogen Says Nothing (William Shakespeare), Yale Rep; The Orphan of Zhao (The Orphan of Zhao), American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse. International: Dralion (Public Clown), Cirque du Soleil. TV: “Invasion,” “Love, Death & Robots,” “Brockmire,” “The Man in the High Castle.” Video Games: Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. Awards: LA Drama Critics Circle Award, San Diego Theater Critics Circle Award (The Craig Noel Award). Education: BA, UCLA.

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Sonya Venugopal
Sonya Venugopal

Rani

Sonya Venugopal

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Come Fall in Love: The DDLJ Musical, The Old Globe; Atlantis, Virginia Rep; Wedding Singer, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter Pan, Next to Normal. Readings/Workshops: MĀYĀ, Come Fall in Love, Hi My Name is Ben, Picnic at Hanging Rock, In Emily’s Words. Film: Little Boxes. Education: MFA, Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music; BA, Santa Clara University. Instagram: @sonyeeahh

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Scarlet Wilderink

Puppeteer

Scarlet Wilderink

Scarlet Wilderink

Puppeteer

Scarlet Wilderink

(she/her/hers) A.R.T: Debut. West End: War Horse, New London Theatre; Life of Pi, Wyndham’s Theatre (Oliver Award for Best Supporting Actor); Pinocchio, National Theatre. Off-West End: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Southwark Playhouse; Putting It Together, The Other Palace. Regional: The Wicker Husband, Watermill Theatre; Treasure Island, Stephen Joseph Theatre; Watership Down, Watermill Theatre. UK Tour: The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Running Wild. International: Cabaret, MAC Theatre. Education: Guildford School of Acting.

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Andrew Wilson

Puppeteer

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Puppeteer

Andrew Wilson

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Cats. Tours: Newsies The Musical, Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Cats, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. NYC: Dave Malloy’s Love Around the Block, 2021 Met Gala. Opera: Turandot (Popolo Acrobat), Met Opera; Pagliacci (Troupe Gymnast), NYC Opera. Regional: Casa Mañana, Chase Brock Experience, Disneyland, La Mirada, MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, Riverside, Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS. Film: Newsies: The Broadway Musical. Thank you to the entire team of Life of Pi and A.R.T. for this opportunity. Instagram: @andrewwilsonny

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Puppet Captain

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Puppet Captain

Fred Davis

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Life of Pi (Olivier Award, Best Supporting Actor), Wyndham’s Theatre; Ocean at the End of the Lane, National Theatre; Dido and Aeneas, Bodø Concert Hall, Norway; Life of Pi, The Sheffield Crucible Theatre; Peter Pan, Running Wild, Regents Park Open Air Theatre; The Hartlepool Monkey,Running Wild, UK Tour. Film/TV: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared;” Jurassic World: Dominion; “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.” Training: Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

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Fight Captain

Avery Glymph

Avery Glymph

Fight Captain

Avery Glymph

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: The Skin of Our Teeth, The Tempest. Off-Broadway: Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, and Lincoln Center Theatre, among others. Regional: Nine Night, Round House Theatre; and leading roles with Pittsburgh City Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, Northern Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, St. Louis Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, The Old Globe (West Coast premiere of The Whipping Man; San Diego Critics Circle Award and NAACP Theatre Award nominations), PlayMakers Rep, Crossroads Theatre (Regional Tony season), and others. Film/TV: Out and About, “Search Party,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” He Got Game, “Madam Secretary,” “Law & Order” (original and C.I.), and many more. Education: BFA,  The University of North Carolina School of the Arts; MFA, The Academy at STC and the George Washington University. Instagram: @averygoodactor.AveryGlymph.com

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Lift Captain

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Lift Captain

Andrew Wilson

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Cats. Tours: Newsies The Musical, Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Cats, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. NYC: Dave Malloy’s Love Around the Block, 2021 Met Gala. Opera: Turandot (Popolo Acrobat), Met Opera; Pagliacci (Troupe Gymnast), NYC Opera. Regional: Casa Mañana, Chase Brock Experience, Disneyland, La Mirada, MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, Riverside, Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS. Film: Newsies: The Broadway Musical. Thank you to the entire team of Life of Pi and A.R.T. for this opportunity. Instagram: @andrewwilsonny

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Understudies

Uma Paranjpe

Pi

Uma Paranjpe

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: tango of a crumbling wall, Teatro LATEA. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare; Twelfth Night, CMS; Radial Gradient, Kennedy Center; Ramaavan, Surati Performing Arts. Workshops: The Gap; The Game of Love. Film/TV: “Orange Is the New Black.” Education: BFA, Musical Theater, University of Miami.

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Sonya Venugopal

Pi

Sonya Venugopal

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Come Fall in Love: The DDLJ Musical, The Old Globe; Atlantis, Virginia Rep; Wedding Singer, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter Pan, Next to Normal. Readings/Workshops: MĀYĀ, Come Fall in Love, Hi My Name is Ben, Picnic at Hanging Rock, In Emily’s Words. Film: Little Boxes. Education: MFA, Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music; BA, Santa Clara University. Instagram: @sonyeeahh

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Nurse/Amma/Orange Juice

Salma Shaw

Mahnaz Damania

Salma Shaw

Nurse/Amma/Orange Juice

Salma Shaw

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Bars and Measures (AUDELCO nominee); Acquittal. Off-West End: Rain and Zoe Save the World. Regional: Othello, Synetic/Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes Award); Barrio Grrrl!, Kennedy Center; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Round House; Romeo and Juliet, Synetic (Helen Hayes Award). Workshops: Monsoon Wedding; Bak Chang. TV/Film: Silent Partner (Producer, 18 festivals, 8 Awards/Nominations, Oscar-qualified); “That Damn Michael Che” (Recurring), “People You Know” (Series Regular), “FBI,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order SVU,” “For Life.” Education: BS, Stanford; SM, MIT; MBA, Harvard Business School. Instagram: @salma.shaw; salmashaw.com

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Mahnaz Damania

Nurse/Amma/Orange Juice

Mahnaz Damania

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater (India): Shikhandi – The Story of the Inbetweens (Shikhandi; Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (2018) 2018: nomination, Best Actor – Female; Winner – Best Ensemble), NCPA;: 07/07/07 (Reyhaneh Jabbari; Winner – Best Ensemble at META 2016), Prithvi; Naqqaash (Village Women Ensemble); Sundays With Chitra and Chaitali (Chitra), Three Women (Charulata), NCPA; Crumpled (Multiple Characters). TV: “New Amsterdam” (Dr. Narin Sadik), “Inside Edge.” Film: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Specials.

 

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Sathya Sridharan

Father

Sathya Sridharan

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Wives, Playwrights Horizons; An Ordinary Muslim, NYTW; India Pale Ale, MTC; The Winter’s Tale, The Public Theater; Two Mile Hollow, WP; Ultimate Beauty Bible, Page73. Regional: Our Town, Portland Center Stage; Hapgood, Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Philadelphia Story, Chautauqua Theater Company. TV/Film: “Little America,” “Succession,” “Kaleidoscope,” “Blindspot,” “Elementary,” “Prodigal Son,” “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” The Whale, Minor Premise, Bikini Moon, Dastaar. Awards: Princess Grace Award (Grace Le Vine Theater Award). Education: MFA, NYU.

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Usman Ali Ishaq

Father

Usman Ali Mughal

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Come Fall in Love, The Old Globe; RENT, Signature Theatre; Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, CRT; The Rev Concert, The Rev; The Island of Dr. Moreau,, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Synetic Theater. Readings: Come Fall in Love, We Are Ameena, In the Light. Film/TV: “WeCrashed,” Wonder Woman 1984, Kringle Time, Heather Has Four Moms. Education: BFA, Musical Theater from Ithaca College. @usman.ali.mughal

 

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Mahnaz Damania

Rani

Mahnaz Damania

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater (India): Shikhandi – The Story of the Inbetweens (Shikhandi; Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (2018) 2018: nomination, Best Actor – Female; Winner – Best Ensemble), NCPA;: 07/07/07 (Reyhaneh Jabbari; Winner – Best Ensemble at META 2016), Prithvi; Naqqaash (Village Women Ensemble); Sundays With Chitra and Chaitali (Chitra), Three Women (Charulata), NCPA; Crumpled (Multiple Characters). TV: “New Amsterdam” (Dr. Narin Sadik), “Inside Edge.” Film: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Specials.

 

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Uma Paranjpe

Rani

Uma Paranjpe

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: tango of a crumbling wall, Teatro LATEA. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare; Twelfth Night, CMS; Radial Gradient, Kennedy Center; Ramaavan, Surati Performing Arts. Workshops: The Gap; The Game of Love. Film/TV: “Orange Is the New Black.” Education: BFA, Musical Theater, University of Miami.

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Mr. Okamoto/Captain

David Shih

David Shih

Mr. Okamoto/Captain

David Shih

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Once Upon A (korean) Time, Ma-Yi Theater; Gnit, TFANA; KPOP, Ars Nova; Henry VI, NAATCO; Awake and Sing!, The Public/NAATCO; Somebody’s Daughter, Second Stage; Crane Story, Playwrights Realm. Regional: Kim’s Convenience, Westport Country Playhouse; The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, Indiana Rep; The Great Wave, Berkeley Rep; Tiger Style!, La Jolla Playhouse. TV/Film: “Billions,” “Hunters,” “City on a Hill,” “Iron Fist,” “The Path,” “Blindspot,” The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Eighth Grade, Saving Face.

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Mamaji/Pandit-ji

Usman Ali Mughal

Mahnaz Damania

Usman Ali Ishaq

Mamaji/Pandit-ji

Usman Ali Mughal

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Come Fall in Love, The Old Globe; RENT, Signature Theatre; Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, CRT; The Rev Concert, The Rev; The Island of Dr. Moreau,, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Synetic Theater. Readings: Come Fall in Love, We Are Ameena, In the Light. Film/TV: “WeCrashed,” Wonder Woman 1984, Kringle Time, Heather Has Four Moms. Education: BFA, Musical Theater from Ithaca College. @usman.ali.mughal

 

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Mahnaz Damania

Mamaji/Pandit-ji

Mahnaz Damania

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater (India): Shikhandi – The Story of the Inbetweens (Shikhandi; Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (2018) 2018: nomination, Best Actor – Female; Winner – Best Ensemble), NCPA;: 07/07/07 (Reyhaneh Jabbari; Winner – Best Ensemble at META 2016), Prithvi; Naqqaash (Village Women Ensemble); Sundays With Chitra and Chaitali (Chitra), Three Women (Charulata), NCPA; Crumpled (Multiple Characters). TV: “New Amsterdam” (Dr. Narin Sadik), “Inside Edge.” Film: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Specials.

 

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Mrs. Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan

Mahnaz Damania

Uma Paranjpe

Mahnaz Damania

Mrs. Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan

Mahnaz Damania

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater (India): Shikhandi – The Story of the Inbetweens (Shikhandi; Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (2018) 2018: nomination, Best Actor – Female; Winner – Best Ensemble), NCPA;: 07/07/07 (Reyhaneh Jabbari; Winner – Best Ensemble at META 2016), Prithvi; Naqqaash (Village Women Ensemble); Sundays With Chitra and Chaitali (Chitra), Three Women (Charulata), NCPA; Crumpled (Multiple Characters). TV: “New Amsterdam” (Dr. Narin Sadik), “Inside Edge.” Film: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Specials.

 

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Uma Paranjpe

Mrs. Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan

Uma Paranjpe

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: tango of a crumbling wall, Teatro LATEA. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare; Twelfth Night, CMS; Radial Gradient, Kennedy Center; Ramaavan, Surati Performing Arts. Workshops: The Gap; The Game of Love. Film/TV: “Orange Is the New Black.” Education: BFA, Musical Theater, University of Miami.

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David Shih

Lulu Chen

David Shih

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Once Upon A (korean) Time, Ma-Yi Theater; Gnit, TFANA; KPOP, Ars Nova; Henry VI, NAATCO; Awake and Sing!, The Public/NAATCO; Somebody’s Daughter, Second Stage; Crane Story, Playwrights Realm. Regional: Kim’s Convenience, Westport Country Playhouse; The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, Indiana Rep; The Great Wave, Berkeley Rep; Tiger Style!, La Jolla Playhouse. TV/Film: “Billions,” “Hunters,” “City on a Hill,” “Iron Fist,” “The Path,” “Blindspot,” The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Eighth Grade, Saving Face.

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Celia Mei Rubin

Lulu Chen

Celia Mei Rubin

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: A Christmas Carol, Lyceum Theatre; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Chita Rivera Award for Best Ensemble), Imperial Theatre; Matilda the Musical, Shubert Theatre. West End: Parade, Donmar Warehouse; Candide, London Coliseum. Regional: Eureka Day, Asolo Repertory Theatre; A Chorus Line, TUTS Houston. Awards Shows Performances: Tony Awards; Olivier Awards.

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Cook/Voice of Richard Parker

David Shih

Fred Davis

David Shih

Cook/Voice of Richard Parker

David Shih

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Once Upon A (korean) Time, Ma-Yi Theater; Gnit, TFANA; KPOP, Ars Nova; Henry VI, NAATCO; Awake and Sing!, The Public/NAATCO; Somebody’s Daughter, Second Stage; Crane Story, Playwrights Realm. Regional: Kim’s Convenience, Westport Country Playhouse; The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, Indiana Rep; The Great Wave, Berkeley Rep; Tiger Style!, La Jolla Playhouse. TV/Film: “Billions,” “Hunters,” “City on a Hill,” “Iron Fist,” “The Path,” “Blindspot,” The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Eighth Grade, Saving Face.

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Fred Davis

Cook/Voice of Richard Parker

Fred Davis

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater: Life of Pi (Olivier Award, Best Supporting Actor), Wyndham’s Theatre; Ocean at the End of the Lane, National Theatre; Dido and Aeneas, Bodø Concert Hall, Norway; Life of Pi, The Sheffield Crucible Theatre; Peter Pan, Running Wild, Regents Park Open Air Theatre; The Hartlepool Monkey,Running Wild, UK Tour. Film/TV: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared;” Jurassic World: Dominion; “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.” Training: Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

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Father Martin/Admiral Jackson

Usman Ali Mughal

David Shih

Usman Ali Ishaq

Father Martin/Admiral Jackson

Usman Ali Mughal

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Come Fall in Love, The Old Globe; RENT, Signature Theatre; Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, CRT; The Rev Concert, The Rev; The Island of Dr. Moreau,, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Synetic Theater. Readings: Come Fall in Love, We Are Ameena, In the Light. Film/TV: “WeCrashed,” Wonder Woman 1984, Kringle Time, Heather Has Four Moms. Education: BFA, Musical Theater from Ithaca College. @usman.ali.mughal

 

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David Shih

Father Martin/Admiral Jackson

David Shih

(he/him/his) A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Once Upon A (korean) Time, Ma-Yi Theater; Gnit, TFANA; KPOP, Ars Nova; Henry VI, NAATCO; Awake and Sing!, The Public/NAATCO; Somebody’s Daughter, Second Stage; Crane Story, Playwrights Realm. Regional: Kim’s Convenience, Westport Country Playhouse; The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, Indiana Rep; The Great Wave, Berkeley Rep; Tiger Style!, La Jolla Playhouse. TV/Film: “Billions,” “Hunters,” “City on a Hill,” “Iron Fist,” “The Path,” “Blindspot,” The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Eighth Grade, Saving Face.

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Additional Staff

Assistant Stage Manager

Luke Anderson

Jonathan Castanien

Assistant Stage Manager

Luke Anderson

A.R.T: Witness Uganda. Broadway: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, The Prom, Kinky Boots, Three Tall Women, The Glass Menagerie, Curious Incident…, Romeo & Juliet. National Tour: Mean Girls. Off-Broadway: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Buzzer, Much Ado About Nothing, The Apple Family Plays, The Public Theater; People, Places & Things, A Streetcar Named DesireBianco, St. Ann’s Warehouse. Regional: Miss You Like Hell, La Jolla Playhouse. Film/TV: “The Gilded Age,” tick, tick … BOOM!.

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Assistant Stage Manager

Jonathan Castanien

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Tina, The Tina Turner Musical. Tour: Lion King. Off-Broadway: american (tele)visions, New York Theatre Workshop; The Last of the Love Letters, Nomad Motel, Atlantic Theater Company; Snow in Midsummer, Classic Stage Company. Regional: The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up, Artists at Play: 57 Chevy, the Latino Theater Company. Co-founder of The Sống Collective, an initiative that aims to amplify the voices of those from the Vietnamese diaspora. jonathancastanien.com

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Associate Puppet Designer

Caroline Bowman

Associate Scenic Designer

Ross Edwards

Associate Costume Designer (UK)

Sabrina Cuniberto

Associate Costume Designer (US)

Robin McGee

Wig Designer

Rachel Padula-Shufelt

Costume Research

Maariyah Sharjil

Associate Lighting Designer

Paul Toben

Assistant Lighting Designer

Christopher Gilmore

Video Programmer and System Design

Dan Trenchard

Video Engineer

Mike Samuel

Assistant A.R.T. Projections Supervisor

Danny Carr

Associate Sound Designer

Rob Bettle & Sam Clarkson for Sound Quiet Time

Fight Direction

Ted Hewlett

Dialect Coach

Erika Bailey

Dialect Coach

Erika Bailey

A.R.T.: Wild; Moby-DickWe Live in CairoEndlings; OthelloExtraOrdinaryJagged Little PillWARHOLCAPOTEBurn All NightThe Night of the IguanaTrans Scripts, Part I: The WomenFingersmithWaitressIn the Body of the WorldO.P.C. Broadway: Mary Stuart. Regional: Vanity Fair, Central Square Theater; New Electric Ballroom, Gloucester Stage Company; Arms and the Man, Guthrie Theatre; The ForeignerCabaretTo Kill a Mockingbird, Kansas City Repertory Theatre. As Head of Voice and Speech at A.R.T., Erika also teaches in the Theater, Dance & Media concentration at Harvard as well as coaching public speaking skills across the university. Education: MA, Voice Studies, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; MFA, Acting, Brandeis University.

 

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Russian Coach

Julia Smeliansky

Spanish Coach

Joaquín Galván Díaz

Japanese Coach

Sky Araki-Russell

Hinduism Consultant

Swami Tyagananda

Sari Consultant

Mahnaz Damania

Mahnaz Damania

Sari Consultant

Mahnaz Damania

(she/her/hers) A.R.T.: Debut. Theater (India): Shikhandi – The Story of the Inbetweens (Shikhandi; Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (2018) 2018: nomination, Best Actor – Female; Winner – Best Ensemble), NCPA;: 07/07/07 (Reyhaneh Jabbari; Winner – Best Ensemble at META 2016), Prithvi; Naqqaash (Village Women Ensemble); Sundays With Chitra and Chaitali (Chitra), Three Women (Charulata), NCPA; Crumpled (Multiple Characters). TV: “New Amsterdam” (Dr. Narin Sadik), “Inside Edge.” Film: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Specials.

 

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Anti-Racism Consultant

Raksha Muthukumar

Production Assistant

Samantha Knox

Makenzie Wright

Production Assistant (Sub)

Molly Bercut

Ashley Pitchford

COVID Safety Manager

Meg Hamblen

Physical Therapist

Melissa Buffer, Artistic Athlete Health Collective

Access Staff

Director of Artistic Sign Language: Elbert Joseph
ASL Interpreters: Julia Barnes, Whitney Bright
Audio Description Consultant: Amber Pearcy
Audio Describers: Maria Hendricks, Teddy Hendricks

Audio description for this production is adapted from narrations originally written by Veronika Hyks and Emily Pollet for VocalEyes.co.uk

Relaxed Performance Consultants: Spectrum Theatre Ensemble
Occupational Therapy Consultant: Mary Beth Kadlec
Open Captioning provided by c2 Captioning

Casting

STEWART/WHITLEY
Duncan Stewart, CSA & Benton Whitley, CSA
Joey Montenarello, CSA; Micah Johnson-Levy
Darienne Orlansky; Patrick Maravilla

Special Thanks

Foresight Theatrical, Aurora Productions

Brian Lambert

Scenery and Scenic Effects built, painted, electrified, and automated by Show Motion, Inc., Milford, Connecticut.

Additional Lighting Equipment provided by Christie Lites.

Additional Sound Equipment provided by Sound Associates, Inc and Jetwave Wireless.

Additional Projections Equipment provided by Sound Associates, Inc.

Costume Alterations provided by Costume Works Inc.

Life of Pi was rehearsed at the Jackie Liebergott Black Box in the Emerson Paramount Center and at Pao Arts Center.

Actors’ Equity Association 1913The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

SDCThe Director of this production is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

IATSE IA United Scenic Artists Local USA 829United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre.

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